When I said I was unveiling a sweet preview card yesterday, I was being literal (as more than a few of you guessed). Yes, she’s back, in all her glory. The scourge of Geist of Saint Traft, the punisher of Scapeshift, and one of the best planeswalkers of all time—Liliana of the Veil.
The awesome part about Liliana is that she was good in Standard (I loved combining her with Sun Titan), but really shined in Modern and Legacy. It’s tough to find a card that isn’t over the top in Standard but performs in older formats, and Liliana really got there. Even in current Modern, there are multiple ways to use her, and she provides value against combo and creature decks alike.
Take a look at the GP Vancouver-winning Death’s Shadow deck, piloted by none other than ChannelFireball’s own Josh Utter-Leyton:
In this deck, Liliana acts as a removal spell that conveniently adds the planeswalker card type to the graveyard, enabling Traverse the Ulvenwald and growing Tarmogoyf. The deck just plays 2 because she is more a value card than a mainstay, though she does play a good role in the deck’s success.
On the other side of things, there is the more controlling Jund deck, of which Liliana is a critical piece.
Here, Liliana doubles as removal that punishes combo, which is more important in the slower Jund deck than the pressure-heavy Death’s Shadow deck.
All of that shows the flexibility of Liliana, and is why she’s cemented herself as one of the best planeswalkers of all time. Efficiency, power, and flexibility—all hallmarks of a legendary card. I look forward to opening her in Modern Masters 2017 packs, but fair warning: she’s not quite as good in Limited—though let’s be real, you are slamming her first pick anyways.